Virus Deepens and Widens Waiver Push

The Coronavirus has added new challenges and responsibilities to our work.  Covid-19 has accentuated the caregiver and the care receiver interface.  

We find many of our caregivers are either opting for stay-at-home guidelines or required at home for school age children and other family challenges.  For the provider agencies and families needing services this is a shared employment nightmare.  

The federal and state responses are a conflicted mess with economic and medical issues at war on everything from Emergency Room and Living Room services to workforce delivery.  The issues are both immediate and long term. Lawmakers and media share the spotlight and the nightmare. So do you!

The offers the following.

Stay engaged with all of the issues;  they eventually intersect:

  1. Don’t give up on the Waiver slots.  
  2. Don’t give up on a living wage throughout the care industries
  3. Don’t give up on real career paths for Direct Service Providers
  4. Don’t give up on media attention and advocacy with legislators

Horizons Residential Care Center in Winston Salem offers these quick facts and needs for DSPs.

This information from Horizons dovetails with the Waiver Action Team calls for advocacy as legislators grapple in a new way with “Healthcare for All.”  What was a left-leaning political fight has become a universal awareness. From DHHS to the MCOs, spreading services across those served and those waiting increasingly represents civil and human rights for North Carolinans. Read this letter from the I/DD Advisory.

Here is a recent submission to the Winston-Salem Journal if you’d like ideas for your own appeals.

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